G7 foreign ministers - including High Representative Josep Borrell - met together with representatives of India, South Korea and Australia on May 4 to discuss developing a common front to address the challenges posed by the rise of China on the “international rules-based order.”
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched its review of Sinovac’s vaccine that was deployed in Hungary and Serbia on May 4. The EMA has yet to specify a timeline for the review.
A cyberattack on May 4 that targeted Belgian Belnet, the internet traffic operator that manages governmental institutions, pushed the Belgian Parliament to postpone its debate on human rights abuses of Uighurs in Xinjiang.
According to an annual report by the European Commission, China remains “priority 1” for intellectual property protection concerns. The report recognized an improvement in legislation, but the concerns remain.
A report by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade investigated the sentiments of Chinese enterprises active within the EU. Over 77 percent of the interviewed enterprises state that they plan to limit their investments over screening practices targeting Chinese companies.